As crazy as it may seem, we’re already in the third month of the New Year. Time sure flies when you’re busy being distracted by beautiful jewelry! In the past few months we’ve been paying close attention to the engagement ring trends that have been popping up in 2018. Last year’s trends saw a peak in floral designs, lots of diamond details, and rose gold settings. While some engagement ring trends have stayed strong through this year, we are seeing a few new styles. Here are 5 engagement ring trends that are popular right now in 2018.
Colored Diamonds or Gemstones
Colored gemstone engagement rings have been gaining popularity over the past few years, and they are still on trend today. Popular choices include yellow diamonds, morganite, and various colors of sapphire. But you can choose any colored gemstone you like! Whether you opt for a colored center stone or colored gemstone accents, that pop of color on your ring finger will really make you stand out. Just keep in mind that the gemstone needs to be durable enough to withstand every day wear so it will shine beautifully for a lifetime.
The rose gold trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. And we’re totally okay with that! Rose gold is a neutral metal so it looks fantastic with every skin tone. It also looks incredible with almost every type of gemstone. Diamond, morganite, ruby, sapphire…the list goes on and on! Another perk about rose gold is that it’s a budget friendly engagement ring choice. The beautiful pinkish tone nicely accommodates diamonds with a yellowish tint, which are less expensive than colorless diamonds. Beautiful and easy on the wallet? It’s a win-win!
Have you ever heard of an east-west setting? This trend puts a modern spin (literally) on a traditional engagement ring setting. Rather than the classic vertically placed stone, east-west settings feature a diamond that is placed horizontally on the band. Emerald and oval cut gemstones seem to look the most appealing in this type of setting, but you can really opt for any shape. While we offer a few standard east-west setting engagement rings at Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, many of our settings can be modified to feature a horizontal gemstone- all you have to do is ask!
The round brilliant cut will probably always hold center stage when it comes to engagement ring trends. But unique styles and shapes are becoming more and more popular. Two shapes that seem to be taking over the spotlight are pear and oval. With similar cutting techniques and facets, these shapes put a modern twist on the classic round diamond. Another style that is gaining popularity is the three stone ring. Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal engagement, three stone engagement rings have received a lot of attention! A three stone ring is gorgeous and symbolic– the three gemstones represent a couple’s past, present and future.
Diamond Cluster Rings
If you’re all about glitz and glam, this engagement ring trend is calling your name. One larger center diamond is surrounded by a cluster of smaller diamonds, creating a look that is elegant and captivating. Cluster rings have a vintage appeal and are perfect for the bride-to-be who chooses to sway from contemporary styles. An additional benefit? The cluster makes the diamonds in your engagement ring appear to be larger than they actually are!
Shop 2018 Engagement Ring Trends in San Diego
At Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, we spend our days helping couples like you pick out the perfect ring so we see engagement ring trends firsthand. With our guidance, you can always stay up-to-date on trends too! Visit our jewelry store on San Diego Avenue to find your dream engagement ring. Whether it’s currently on trend or not, the goal is to find the ring that’s right for you.